Ego- Latin for “I”
1.the “I” or self of any person; a person as thinking, feeling, and willing, and distinguishing itself from the selves of others and from objects of its thought.
Psychoanalysis . the part of the psychic apparatus that experiences and reacts to the outside world and thus mediates between the primitive drives of the id and the demands of the social and physical environment.
egotism; conceit; self-importance: Her ego becomes more unbearable each day.
self-esteem or self-image; feelings: Your criticism wounded his ego.
( often initial capital letter ) Philosophy .
the enduring and conscious element that knows experience.
Scholasticism. the complete person comprising both body and soul.

When I was first introduced to CrossFit my coach said a few times to “Leave my ego at the door” I knew after the first 2 minutes into the WOD what he was talking about. The workout on the whiteboard looked really easy. 5 minute AMRAP of 5 pullups 10 push ups and 15 squats. I looked at the workout and then the coach and in my head thought “This guy has no idea about me. I lift and hit the treadmill this is nothing.” Needless to say to anyone that has done Crossfit before, after the first round that queasy feeling started to come over me. While going through the first round everything was fine, but during the second round I could barely do 2 push ups in a row. My lungs were on fire and then came the squats. I knew I had done some irreparable damage to both hamstrings. About the second pull up of the 3rd round I let go of bar and ran over to the bushes and vomited. I had completed 2 rounds and 2 pullups and was about 2 minutes in before I had stopped and got sick. As I layed there looking at the sky next to the bushes I realized everything I had done at the gym up to that point had been a waste of time. I was sold right on the spot. I signed up the next day and have not looked back since.

I had the ego of “this was gonna be nothing” and was humbled very quickly. Thats ego and pride. Ego goes the other way too. You can have the thought that “This is too hard and I’ll never be able to _____ (fill in blank with whatever you think you can’t do).

Both ways of looking at it are wrong. When we say “Leave your ego at the door” most people think it means to leave your pride out of it and it does. For a lot of guys its the biggest roadblock for them. They go to gym, do their “routines” . They think they are “fit” and then a short CrossFit WOD crushes them. “Leave your ego at the door” also means to not bring into the gym any preconceived idea of what you are capable of. People that couldn’t do 5 pushups when they started are now doing 20 and 30 in a row. People in our gym that couldn’t do one pullup can do multiple pullups in workouts. The only limits are your thinking! CrossFit is powerful medicine and if you dedicate yourself to it you will get results. Ive seen it hundreds if not thousands of times. All you have to do is show up…